tongues wag

People are gossiping. For example, Tongues wagged when another police car was parked in front of their house, or Their arrival in a stretch limousine set the neighbors' tongues wagging. This metaphoric expression transfers the rapid movement of the tongue to idle or indiscreet chatter. [Late 1500s]


Nearby words

  1. tongue-tied,
  2. tongue-twister,
  3. tongued,
  4. tonguefish,
  5. tongueless,
  6. tonguing,
  7. tonguing-and-grooving plane,
  8. tongzhou,
  9. toni,
  10. tonic

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